The following is a selection of poems from Nick Virgilio’s 1989 book, Selected Haiku, which was published in limited quantity by Rod Willmot’s Black Moss Press. The book is now out of print.

out of the water…
out of itself

heat before the storm:
a fly disturbs the quiet
of the empty store

my spring love affair:
the old upright Remington
wears a new ribbon

town barberpole
stops turning:
autumn nightfall

autumn twilight:
the wreath on the door
lifts in the wind

Thanksgiving alone:
ordering eggs and toast
in an undertone

flag-covered coffin:
the shadow of the bugler
slips into the grave

my dead brother…
hearing his laugh
in my laughter